TerraTerra is an instrumental post-metal one-man band from Russia, formed by multi-instrumentalist Ayli K., who in January launched his debut self-titled album. In an interview for Rocking Charts, Ayli K. talks about his work on the project, and more.
What made you go for the name TerraTerra?
This name just suddenly appeared in my mind. I just spelled it out: TerraTerra. And I loved the way it sounded. Besides, I thought about writing a music about Earth – and this name came up perfectly.
On my first album I’m telling the story of the last survivor on the planet. When there’s only Earth on him alone. This story is good to be told under TerraTerra headline.
How do you usually describe your music?
Well, I used to say that it’s just instrumental metal. There are so many kinds of metal, so, I feel confused identifying the style of my music. But if we talk about about the character, here I can say that my music is melancholic, reflective and, of course, heavy.
What is your writing process like?
I just take my guitar and objectify something sounding in my head. It happens quite often when a track is ready in just few hours. Usually it comes here and now – that’s the way I used to do it.
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
I use my music to let my feelings or thought out. Everything I’ve ever gone through, especially painful, became my inspiration.
What is your favourite piece on the self-titled album?
It’s difficult to say. It depends on my own mood. But if I try to remember, which of the tracks I had the biggest pleasure to work on, I’d say “Still” and “Mute Your Thoughts”.
What makes “TerraTerra” different?
Working on this album, I never tried to sound like somebody else. I didn’t listen to similar music very much while making my record avoiding the tendencies to copy something. So, I think that makes TerraTerra distinctive to a certain extent.
What should music lovers expect from the album?
This album imposes its mood and atmosphere. I tried to make it immerse the listener into the story, make him actually feel things penetrating it. Hope, successfully.
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
This release is painful and dark. If you like the feeling of despair in music, you should love this one. I composed the outro in such way so it feels like fading. Everything just goes away and this emptiness that remains makes you calm down after all.
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
I didn’t have much touring in my life. But I can say that in the studio I like it a lot. When the music is born here and now and you feel it – nothing compares to this for sure.
Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
I have always been afraid to be asked of the things like that! Now I face my fear! [laughing] I know that whatever I choose, there will be some albums I’m going to miss on that island. Well, let it be “Total” by Seigmen, “Ultra” by Depeche Mode and “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield.
“TerraTerra” is available from Bandcamp.
Photos by Boris Brovko